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First continuing professional development event

Public Lecture : Riverside Expressway Major Rehabilitation – Challenges and opportunities

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter conducted its maiden  Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on 25th June 2017 at the Brisbane City Council (BCC) library meeting room, Mount Ommaney. Two Seniors Managers from Queensland Transport and Main Roads Department, Mallika Dayananda and Gamini Siriwardana were the co-presenters and they shared their knowledge and experience with Queensland based Sri Lankan Engineers delivering an insightful narrative on their first hand engagement with the recently completed Brisbane Riverside Expressway Major Rehabilitation Project highlighting Challenges and Opportunities encountered. The event was attended by 30 Engineers and was an immense success eliciting a lively discussion among the participants. The Management Committee of the Chapter takes this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the event, 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for media coverage and BCC for their continued support.

 

Co-Presenters

Mallika Dyananda

Mallika Dyananda is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka and Engineers Australia who works for the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) in Queensland. She has previously worked in Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Melbourne before joining the TMR as a Project Manager. She delivered TMR’s Mains Road/Kessels Road Intersection Upgrade with more than $100 million savings before she took over the delivery of TMR’s Riverside Expressway Rehabilitation project.

 

Gamini Siriwardena

Gamini Siriwardena is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka and Fellow of Engineers Australia who has worked in numerous Roads, Bridges, Dams, and Tunnel construction projects in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand and Australia. He is currently working as a Construction Manager for RoadTek: construction arm of the TMR and holds the Project Director’s role for major civil construction projects.

 

Second continuing professional development event

Public Lecture : Medical Diagnosis through Smart Phone Applications

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter conducted its second Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on 24th September 2017 at the Brisbane City Council (BCC) library meeting room, Mount Ommaney.

Dr. Udantha Abeyratne – Abeyratne is an Associate Professor at University of Queensland, and serves as the Director of the Master of Engineering Science programs was the presenter. He presented drawing from two decades of experience covering academic research ideation to commercialisation development of mobile and accessible technologies for the diagnosis of sleep and respiratory diseases. This was very interesting presentation as he demonstrated how the mobile phone revolution has provided the mankind with an unprecedented opportunity to solve tough medical problems affecting every corner of the globe – from remote African villages to the urban centres of the developed world. The event was attended by 20 Engineers and was an immense success eliciting a lively discussion among the participants. The Management Committee of the Chapter takes this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the event, 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for media coverage and BCC for their continued support.

 

Third continuing professional development event

Public Lecture : A journey through time to the future for Civil and Structural Engineering

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter conducted its third Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on 25th February 2018 at the Brisbane City Council (BCC) library meeting room, Mount Ommaney.

Presenter

Eng. Nimal Perera,.

Eng. Nimal Perera, who is the Principal Consultant of Kasina Consultants and an Adjunct Professor of Structural Engineering at the Queensland University of Technology, presented the topic to engineers from diverse backgrounds and shared his experience of several decades in the Civil and Structural Engineering fields. Nimal presented a project that he steered as an example of a holistic engineering design, which incorporated economic, environmental and social dimensions. He also talked about the historical evolution of structural designs and the current trends in Structural Engineering designs. The presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session, in which Nimal further elaborated some aspects of his presentation. The Management Committee of the Chapter takes this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the event, 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for media coverage and BCC for their continued support.

 

Forth continuing professional development event

Public Lecture : Basic Financial Accounting for Engineers

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter conducted its forth Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on 27th May 2018 at the Brisbane City Council (BCC) library meeting room, Mount Ommaney.

Presenter

Dr. Gemunu Nanayakkara.

Dr. Nanayakkara, an engineering graduate of the University of Peradeniya, obtained his master's degrees (MCom (Hons), MBA) and the Ph.D. from Australian Universities. He possesses full professional qualifications in engineering (MIE (SL), CPEng, MIE (Australia) (Retired) ) and in accountancy (CPA, ACMA). Dr. Nanayakkara lectured in accounting & business-related fields in the University of Griffith for 17 years after possessing extensive industry experience in mechanical engineering, civil engineering & development banking. 

 

Fifth continuing professional development event

Public Lecture : “Cyber Threats and Mitigation Strategies”

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter conducted its fifth Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on 27th September 2018 at the Brisbane City Council (BCC) library meeting room, Mount Ommaney.

Presenter

Associate Professor Vallipuram Muthukkumarasamy.

Associate Professor Vallipuram Muthukkumarasamy (Muthu) has pioneered network security research and teaching at Griffith University and has been leading the Network Security Research Group at the Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems. Prior to that, he served at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Head of Department for over 15 years.

 

Sixth continuing professional development event

Field Trip to Oxley Creek Sewage Treatment Plant

The IESL Queensland Chapter went on a field trip to Oxley Creek Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) as part of their Continuing Professional Development Program (CPD) on 23 March 2019. This was the sixth CPD event organized by the Chapter and 20 engineers attended the event. The Oxley STP is the second largest sewage treatment plant in Queensland, treating domestic sewage and trade waste from the southern and western regions of Brisbane. This plant has been operating since 1969 and currently processes about 53 million litres of sewage a day. The site tour was led by Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) staff members (Ken Vaheesan, Bill Collie and Paul McPhee). Ken, Bill and Paul did an exceptional job in explaining the treatment process that converts domestic and industrial waste into clear effluent by removing organic and other solid material. The participants learned different aspects of the sewage treatment process at the STP. In addition, they received an appreciation of the impacts of sewerage pipe network blockages caused by people putting the wrong things down sinks, drains and toilets. For example, many cleaning wipes, including the ones that are labelled ‘flushable,’ do not disintegrate quickly and when flushed contributes to sewerage pipe blockages. Other common problem items that cause blockages include cotton buds, hygiene products, dental floss, cooking fats and hair. The participants achieved a good understanding of the four stages of treatment undertaken at the STP. The question and answer session between the IESL members and the QUU staff was quite engaging and lasted about half an hour. Overall, it was a very successful event and the objective of the CPD program was achieved. The IESL Queensland Chapter Management Committee would like to thank QUU for organising this field trip, 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for providing media coverage and our members for taking the opportunity to attend this event.

Jerome Arunakumaren.

Member of Management Committee IESL QLD Chapter

Email
info@ieslqld.org
Phone
+61 405 289 740 
25, Clarence Avenue, Springfield, QLD 4300, Australia
 
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